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Aw bless her. Has she had some paracetamol? Sounds like a pulled elbow, which is where one of the forearm bones (the radius) comes out of its loop of ligament that is holding it in place near the elbow. I'd take her to A&E tonight (I know, easily said when I'm sat in a nice warm house with dd asleep), they might want to xray it then they may be able to put it back tonight (simple twist on the forearm by doc can sometimes do it).
im afraid i would take her straight to A&E..my ds pulled my dd`s arm when she was little and she cried and wouldnt move it..at the hospital they said she`d dislocated it and it was very common in young toddlers because theyre joints are very loose still
two of my dc have had the thing medics called a 'pulled elbow'. Basically a ligament twangs round the bone. not far off a dislocation, and obv very painful. Drs at a&e can put it back. The child is likely to hold their arm in to their body, perhaps protecting with their other arm. Defo A&E, x-rays and treatment asap.
DH is an A&E doc and says pulling a small child up by its arm(s) alone is a huge no-no, and this includes swinging a child between 2 adults. Pulled elbow is extremely common in toddlers, because people don't know how fragile their little elbows are
ds1 got this a load of times! I think he must have had particularly loose elbows as we're not all that rough as a family! And <<<whispers>>>> at BIL's wedding I popped it back in myself as I coudln't drive him to A + E as had drunk too much! I had watched the doctor and just copies what she did It worked though!
My little girl, now 19 months old, has had pulled elbow twice, and the elbow now seems to be a very weak spot. The first time it happened was when I was playing with her and swinging her around, as you do with children, and an ambulance got her to A&E within 40 minutes and they popped it right back with one motion and sent us home. The second time (two days ago) she pulled it out herself trying to climb over the stairgate! I rang for an ambulance and they said it wasn't an emergency (!?)....I was told it would take up to 3 hours to get someone out to us, which is ridiculous! So I ended up googling the procedure and put it back myself. Incredibly scary, and I was in floods of tears the whole time. Thankfully she is okay now! No thanks to the 'emergency' services, which I then had to ring and tell them to forget about the ambulance!. What I want to know, is there anything my child can wear to perhaps prevent this happening again? Maybe to give extra support to the joint?
Also, as Pulled elbow happens because the joint is immature, I'm guessing this is something the child grows out of??